For immediate release Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams
Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067
Thinking outside the box
Inglenook Library children's book club, Black History programs drawing in young people
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –
Inglenook Library Branch Manager Karnecia Williams believes libraries must think outside the box to show young people that libraries offer more than just books.
Last fall, the library won an Innovative & Cool Award from the Birmingham Public Library Board of Trustees after library assistant Michael Fagin devised an after-school program in which young people come play retro video games on a new Nintendo video game console. This month, Inglenook Library, 4100 40th Terrace North, is offering several unique activities that have drawn in large crowds to the library.
On Feb. 13, Williams invited youth to participate in a filming of the Mannequin Challenge that has drawn over 1,000 views on the Birmingham Public Library Facebook page. On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Inglenook Library launched a new book club for children as part of the library’s Black History Month programs. The Readers Are Leaders Children's Book Club will meet on the third Wednesday of each month. The February Book of the Month was “The People Can Fly” by Virginia Hamilton.
During the month of February, Inglenook Library is hosting seven different programs exposing teens and pre-teens to various parts of black culture. On Feb. 7, the library hosted Young Leadership Tuesday: Celebrating Black Music. On Feb. 9, it hosted a program about a black entrepreneur, A Taste of History: George Crum and the Potato Chip.
On Feb. 14, Inglenook Library hosted Lego Build: Honoring Black Architects, in which youth used Legos to erect structures inspired by buildings designed by black architects. On Feb. 15, Inglenook Library introduced its Readers Are Leaders Children's Book Club.
“At Inglenook Library, we believe that libraries should be fun, informative and educational at the same time,” Williams said. “We invite all students, their parents and adults both young and old to come in and join us. For more information about our programs, give me a call at 205-849-8739.”
Here are other Black History Month programs planned at Inglenook Library:
Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:30 p.m.
Negro Baseball League Legend: Henry Elmore
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 3:30 p.m.
Celebrating and Honoring Black Heroes: Open Mic (open to everyone)
Monday, Feb. 27, 3:30 p.m.
Natural Hair Talk featuring Nyesha Marshall
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